Prospero's Vision

by Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Saariaho

Prospero's Vision

Chester Music


PROSPERO You do look, my son, in a moved sort, As if you were dismayed. Be cheerful, sir. --- These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air; And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vext. --- A turn or two I'll walk, To still my beating mind. Shakespeare, The Tempest


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Petteri Salomaa, baritone, Maria Puusaari, violin, Asko Heiskanen, clarinet, Reija Bister, harp, Julius Pyrhönen, double bass, Helsinki, October 12, 2002. See also: The Tempest Songbook.

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Dedicated to Peter Sellars for his 45th anniversary.

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